7 February 2014 by thaliakr
Shrove Tuesday is the next big day in the church calendar. Time to party with pancakes!
Many of you will know that I write a bimonthly blog at Kiwi Families called Finding God in Family Life. My most recent post gives a step-by-step breakdown on how to make friends with your neighbours (or the parents of your kids’ friends, or people at church or work you want to know better) with a low-stress, low-work Shrove Tuesday pancake party.
Here’s an extract, and you can read the whole thing at Kiwi Families:
When I was a little girl, our elderly neighbours had spare keys to our house. We fed each other’s pets during holidays, and were in and out of each other’s houses. Am I right in feeling like that’s not so common these days?
Maybe it’s because more people are out all day, now. Most of us are busier outside the home, and more likely to be commuting, than I was a kid.
If you think fondly of more connected communities I have an idea. In a few weeks’ time, the church calendar gives you an excuse to gather your neighbours together – or any other group of people you want to get to know better – and throw a pancake party.
Last Shrove Tuesday we were living in a downtown apartment attached to a hotel. We took a tray of pancakes, maple syrup and napkins to the staff downstairs and made lots of new friends. This year we’re in a new house, so I’ll be inviting the folks in the street to drop in.
People often feel like they need a reason to step out of their comfort zone and into a stranger’s house, so I reckon Shrove Tuesday provides a handy way to break the ice.
7 simple tips, peeps – that’s got to make life easier, right? As a sneak preview, number 7 is Don’t cook dinner.